IFANCA Canada Participates At CIFST 19th Annual Table Top Suppliers
December 2007 ISSN 1533-3361
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IFANCA Canada Participates At CIFST 19th Annual Table Top Suppliers’ Exhibition 2007, Mississauga, Ontario
IFANCA Canada participated by setting up a booth at the 19th Annual Table Top Suppliers' Exhibition 2007, on November 13, 2007. Various leading food manufacturers participated in the event. The number of exhibits were over 210 and more than 1400 people attended this annual exhibition. It was a great opportunity to network and find out what is new. Exhibitors used the tabletops to display literatures, samples and gift items, etc. IFANCA Canada displayed its official publication, Halal Consumer. This magazine has a circulation of 40,000 and is being distributed among Muslim consumers and food industry professionals across North America and internationally. IFANCA's mission is to educate Muslim consumers about the halal industry.
According to Bob Crane, Chairman, CIFST Toronto Section, this event has always been one of the most cost effective trade shows around and this year they have enhanced the value even further. Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST) was founded in 1951 and is the national association for food industry professionals.
"I was so glad to see people from the food industry showing so much interest in learning about Halal certification" says Haider Khattak, IFANCA Canada Halal Auditor.
November 2007 - The World Travel Market Global Trend Reports 2007, issued a report, this month, calling for airlines to target Muslim consumers who are interested in observing ‘religious tourism’. According to Fiona Jeffery, chairperson of World Travel Market, this could entail creating ‘halal’ airlines that serve only halal food, do not serve alcohol on board, have Korans in the front seat pocket, offer the calls to prayer, screen religious programming on the inflight entertainment system, and separate seating for men and women. The report forecasts the number of inbound tourists to the Middle East to grow by 66 percent by 2011.
Just as the Vatican set up its own budget airline to transport pilgrims to holy sites in 2007, there is potential for the development of a Halal airline to develop into one of the most resilient forms of tourism, the report stated.
Tourism revenue in the Middle East is expected to grow by 108 percent to almost US$51 billion and domestic tourism by 82 percent to reach US$24 billion in 2011.
Master Plan For Halal Food Industry
Kuala Lumpur - The Halal Industry Development Corp (HDC) intends to reveal a 'master plan for the halal food industry' early in December, said chief executive officer, Datuk Jamil Bidin.
"The master plan will provide the direction for the industry and would include component capacity building and branding and promotion of 'Halal Malaysia'. This year's theme is Towards Innovation and Sustainable Growth."
Malacca Aims To Attract Halal Manufacturers
Malacca - The State Development Corporation here plans to develop "a 2 hectare site in Serkam as Malacca's halal hub," said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam. This would comprise 34 workshops and 10 shop houses at the site, at the cost of RM9.1mil, he added. The plan entails setting aside land for those interested in setting up plants to manufacture halal products, he said as he inaugurated a halal industry seminar here.
Mr. Rustam also urged companies with government affiliations to help small entrepreneurs market their halal products both domestically and in international markets. He also urged the state Islamic Affairs department and the Halal Industry Development Corporation to take stringent action against those found using the halal logo illegally.
Not only that he encouraged Muslims to increase participation as manufacturers of halal goods vs. just being consumers. Muslims, currently produce only 15% of the halal goods in Malacca, the third smallest state of Malaysia.
Drinkable Yogurt is a relatively new, yet increasingly popular trend, in the food industry in North America and around the world. Global sales were up 18% in 2006, according to ACNielsen (2006a) reports. Drinkable yogurt, however, is old hat in South Asia where it’s called lassi ( pronounced LAS-SEE) and is an old-fashioned summer drink made of yogurt, or buttermilk. Locals drink it as is, salted, sweetened or flavored. The most common flavor available in USA is mango lassi.
Lifeway Foods has developed a variety of drinkable yogurts and now brings halal certified lassi in different flavors such as Mango Flavor Lassi and Strawberry Flavor Lassi, to retail stores. Both are available as eight oz packages. The drink makes a great addition to a child’s lunch box or a brown bag lunch for an adult on the go, or even as an after-school snack.
What can possibly make yogurt non-halal? Most brands of yogurt available in North America contain non-halal gelatin. Other doubtful ingredients could also be used in the making of yogurt, including flavors, which could make the yogurt non-halal. IFANCA halal certification removes all such doubts about the ingredients.
Johanna Foods Inc. Brings Halal Desi Natural Dahi To Your Kitchen
Certified as halal by IFANCA, Desi Natural Dahi or yogurt is now available in retail stores all over the U.S. What's not to love in this delicious source of calcium? Desi Natural Dahi can be used as a substitute for sour cream over baked potatoes or enchiladas, it can replace some of the oil or butter in a muffin, brownie, or cake recipe. Alternatively, it maybe used to replace all of the fat called for in cake mixes. And for that extra healthy start to your day, stir in a table spoonful of ground flaxseed to your cup of Dahi, the spoonable yogurt, and get some protein, as well.